"Alien army invader in the late '30s was quickly translatable from Martian to German." --David Ropeik, Journalist
"War of the Worlds" premieres October 29, 2013 at 9pm ET on PBS.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
A sensational story of power, class, and revenge in New York City when Harry Thaw murdered Stanford White over showgirl Evelyn Nesbit.